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Outpatch: Patches with Purpose

Two veterans making giving back while traveling easy, impactful, and memorable. Help us build the world's most sustainable souvenir!

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Project Description

Outpatch

 

 
What is Outpatch?

We're a social enterprise making giving back while traveling easy, impactful, and memorable.

We're on a mission to get more funding to grassroots nonprofits by leveraging the tourism industry. We sell stick-on patches, designed by local artists, and we donate 50% of our proceeds to nonprofits in the place each patch represents!

Our tagline is GIVE WHERE YOU GO, and with your help we can continue to build a sustainable model that deepens the connection between travelers and the places we visit. All while empowering local nonprofits who are strengthening their local communities.

easy impactful and memorable
 
The Problem: Why did we start Outpatch?

The idea for Outpatch came to Henry while he was traveling in Nepal. Alongside the beautiful landscapes and incredible culture the country had to offer, there was also extreme poverty. Despite all the tourism development, it didn't seem like enough of a difference was being made in the lives of many Nepalis.

77% of travelers want their spending to give back while we spend $21B on souvenirs

After doing some research, it turned out travelers and tourists were spending $21B on souvenirs alone and yet very few of these travel dollars end up staying in local economies. This is a shame on many levels including the fact that most travelers find it important that their spending benefits the communities hosting them.

So if the demand is there and the money is there, why is it so hard to ensure our travel dollars make positive impact? We launched Outpatch to address this problem.

 
Our Solution: Patches with a Purpose

The majority of collectable souvenirs are plastic junk, made and designed in overseas factories and neither representative of nor beneficial to the communities they profit off of.

Tourists are spending $21B on souvenirs and we think more of this money should directly support building stronger, healthier, and more equitable communities.

So we made a better version of a souvenir that's already out there. All anyone (awesome) has to do is buy one of our patches and we donate 50% of the proceeds to a nonprofit we've partnered with, supporting the community that patch represents. A give back gift that unlocks the power to #givewhereyougo

buy a patch-make an impact-join the community

 

The Patch

We all love patches (maybe we do more than the average human)... but who owns an iron or sews anymore? We've brought patches into 2021. We found some super duper sticky, made in the USofA, machine washable adhesive that we could use to make stick-on patches (insert: jaws dropping gif). Our patches adhere onto almost any material and with proper care and handling will stay on just as good as the iron-ons--even after machine washing! 

peel and stick to anything and machine washable

 

Why Patches?

This is a question we get often. Here's the thing, amidst the choice of collectible souvenirs (think shot glasses, spoons, key chains, magnets, etc.) patches presented the most sustainable option to ensure we weren't doing more harm than good by scaling a souvenir. Although most patches are still made out of polyester (see: plastic), they decompose much faster than a magnet for example. AND with your help we'll soon be able to make our patches out of 100% recycled post-consumer plastic. Plastic water bottles literally turned into thread turned into patches which benefit local communities. We don't think souvenirs get much more regenerative than that! 

Patch on Shoulder; Patch on Bike Bag

Fun Fact: did you know patches as souvenirs date back to antiquity, where pilgrims would collect them after completing spiritually significant journeys? Patches also carry a lot of meaning in the military (co-founders Henry & Rachel served together as Army Officers in Korea).

The Artists

Now that you're hooked, let's talk about how rad these patches truly are. Not only does each patch benefit a local nonprofit, they are designed by local artists. Unlike most collectible souvenirs, our designs represent a place from the perspective of someone actually from there. The artists we work with are all mega talented and all around good humans-- which is why we think it's fair that 10% of our proceeds go their way.

patches on cooler and patches on jean jacket
 
What impact has Outpatch made in the world so far?

On the financial front, we’ve raised over $10k for our various nonprofit partners, the real heroes behind our show. These nonprofits are addressing everything from rural food insecurity in the US to protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ refugees all over the world. They’re incredible organizations run by incredible people and our mission is to get them more funding so they can concentrate more on their mission and less on fundraising.

list of nonprofit partners

Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: SEED Madagascar 

As a brief snapshot of the impact just one of our partners is having, we’d like to highlight SEED Madagascar, an organization working to build sustainable livelihoods in the Anosy region of Madagascar (off the southeast coast of Africa).

More than one million people in southern Madagascar are struggling to get enough to eat, due to what could become the first famine caused by climate change, according to the World Food Programme. Several successive years of drought have devastated food production and the situation became so severe that some families have resorted to eating ash, clay, and poisonous plants to fill their stomachs.

Since February of this year, amidst all the other turmoil the pandemic has brought, SEED has been running an emergency food distribution program in the worst hit region. They’ve helped countless people recover from malnutrition and continue to provide relief as the crisis continues.

Outside of this current crisis, SEED has invested heavily in supporting local communities to strengthen livelihoods, enhance local health systems, prevent disease, and build schools, all while caring for the incredibly rich collection of plants and animals found in the country (one of the most biodiverse on the planet).

They are truly on the front lines of the climate crisis and we are proud to support their work.

Why we love partnering with them:

  1. They are totally focused on local solutions to local issues, empowering communities to build sustainable (both environmentally & financially) pathways to prosperity

  2. They take a holistic view of development, taking into account the whole picture of what makes a dignified life in order to support people in achieving it

  3. They build for the long term, addressing immediate crises in a way that lays the groundwork for recovery and future resilience

"We've found that they [Outpatch] are a great partner for SEED because they agree community led is always best" - Mark Jacobs of SEED

*if you're really into SEED's work, check out the reward offer for a planned trip to Madagascar.

 

Who are we and why do we need your help?

We’re a couple of Army veterans and avid travelers that were itching to see if we could make the world just a little bit better. We started Outpatch to make giving back while traveling easier so more nonprofits could get the funding they need to build better communities. 

After 8 months in business were at a critical juncture, sitting just a half step away from creating what may be the most sustainable collectible souvenir out there.

We found a way to make our patches out of thread made of 100% recycled plastic.

Thank you for believing in us and helping us continue on our mission of building a self-sustaining model for supporting locally-led positive change.

Many thanks,

Henry & Rachel

Let's do better, together. Support local artists and nonprofits.

 

The Campaign FAQs

What can I apply Outpatches to? Do they really stick to anything?

Short answer - pretty much. While the adhesive backing on the patch is designed to stick specifically to wearables (including leather) and other fabric materials, you can also place your patches on non-fabric items such as a laptop, phone case, journal, cooler, water bottle and so on. However, we only recommend applying patches to those items if you are ok with a permanent application. Go on and get patchin!

How does Outpatch choose which nonprofits to donate part of their proceeds to?

When selecting nonprofits to partner with our ultimate aim is to ensure funds end up with the people best positioned to positively impact their communities.

In essence, this means we look for partners that:

  • Thoughtfully pursue a well developed, long-term strategy to positively impact their community
  • Possess a deep understanding of the contextual challenges their community faces (i.e. the organization is led by people from that community)
  • Have a long history and respected presence working within the communities they aim to serve

How much does Outpatch actually give to nonprofits?

We donate 50% of our proceeds which means half of the sale price minus the cost to physically produce each patch. For our patches sold online this ends up working out to about $4 (out of $10) being donated.

Caitlin
12/23/2021
Crew Neck Sweatshirt
$65
Jessica
12/23/2021
Patch Hat
$20
Angelo
12/23/2021
Branded Swag Bundle
$150
12/23/2021
Outpatch's FIRST Recycled Thread Patch
$10
Beemuse
12/22/2021
Outpatch's FIRST Recycled Thread Patch
$10
Sue Harmon
12/20/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
Frances
12/20/2021
Crew Neck Sweatshirt
$65
Sean O
12/19/2021
Outpatch T-Shirt
$200
12/19/2021
Crew Neck Sweatshirt
$100
12/19/2021
Outpatch T-Shirt
$50
Monetary Contribution

If you just want to support the cause. Any little bit helps :).

16 Supporters
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20.00 USD
Patch Hat

Choose your favorite patch and we'll put it on a hat! Hat is an adjustable black trucker cap.

8 Supporters
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45.00 USD
Outpatch T-Shirt

Designed by our friend Nori Rinaldo, pick up our first Outpatch T-shirt! This will be the ONLY run of this design. It'll mark you as one of the OG supporters of Outpatch.

Details: screen printed with organic inks on fair trade and organic tee-shirt (SUPER soft and eco-friendly)

15 Supporters
Select this reward
65.00 USD
Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Designed by Nori Rinaldo, this blue crew neck sweatshirt pays homage to Outpatch's message "GIVE WHERE YOU GO" coast to coast.

Details: screen printed with organic inks on fair trade and organic tee-shirt (SUPER cozy and eco-friendly)

18 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Branded Swag Bundle

ONE OF EVERYTHING! For the Outpatch groupie, get your t-shirt, crew neck, patch hat, and 3 patches of choice! 

Save $10 with the bundle :)

14 Supporters
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350.00 USD
Framed Print: Respect Your Mother

Love the "Respect Your Mother" design by incredible artist Kika Mac? Get one of only FIVE prints, which we'll even frame for you.

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0 Supporters
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200.00 USD
Explore Colorado Bundle

We've partnered with two of our favorite Colorado brands and we're hooking you up with a KEEPR Cooler by ROVR, a MODL Bottle with GO MOD, and a CO Patch Hat! You're set for your next adventure :)

 

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1 Supporter
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2,000.00 USD
Madagascar Adventure

We've partnered with SEED Madagascar to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madagascar! 

Planned for between 2022-23, we're taking a select group on a ~10 day guided trip through one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. This reward includes all trip planning and travel booking + lodging for ~10 days. We'll explore lush jungles and Malagasy culture along with linking up with our partners at SEED to learn about the island's climate related challenges and opportunities. Also - lemurs

Dates for the trip will depend heavily on COVID related travel restrictions and the availability of group members. We'll follow up with more details after the campaign and start coordinating among those that want to come on this epic adventure. 

*Flights not included

10 Left
0 Supporters
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80.00 USD
The Perfect Vermont Getaway

Who else hates to plan a trip? Let us send you an itinerary for your perfect Vermont getaway weekend based on insider knowledge of all the best spots. We'll let you know where to stay, eat, shop, and adventure... all from a locals perspective! 

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1 Supporter
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650.00 USD
Custom Patches (200!)
Create custom stick-on & machine washable patches and give people a way to represent your brand’s image on their sleeve, or laptop, or wallet, or anything really…

Each patch comes affixed to a backing card with instructions + messaging on the patch’s impact. Learn more

Great for events, company swag, and branded gifts!

Usually an $800 value (save $150).

5 Left
0 Supporters
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30.00 USD
3-pack of patches

Pick your three favorite patches! Either choose from our current selection or wait until more recycled thread patches are released.

7 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
One of EVERYTHING

Can't choose? We've got you!

  • New recycled thread patch
  • Swag Bundle
  • MODL Bottle
  • KEEPR (by ROVR)
  • Vermont Itinerary
  • Custom Patches
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2 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

If you just want to support the cause. Any little bit helps :).

16 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Patch Hat

Choose your favorite patch and we'll put it on a hat! Hat is an adjustable black trucker cap.

8 Supporters
Select this reward
45.00 USD
Outpatch T-Shirt

Designed by our friend Nori Rinaldo, pick up our first Outpatch T-shirt! This will be the ONLY run of this design. It'll mark you as one of the OG supporters of Outpatch.

Details: screen printed with organic inks on fair trade and organic tee-shirt (SUPER soft and eco-friendly)

15 Supporters
Select this reward
65.00 USD
Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Designed by Nori Rinaldo, this blue crew neck sweatshirt pays homage to Outpatch's message "GIVE WHERE YOU GO" coast to coast.

Details: screen printed with organic inks on fair trade and organic tee-shirt (SUPER cozy and eco-friendly)

18 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Branded Swag Bundle

ONE OF EVERYTHING! For the Outpatch groupie, get your t-shirt, crew neck, patch hat, and 3 patches of choice! 

Save $10 with the bundle :)

14 Supporters
Select this reward
350.00 USD
Framed Print: Respect Your Mother

Love the "Respect Your Mother" design by incredible artist Kika Mac? Get one of only FIVE prints, which we'll even frame for you.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
Explore Colorado Bundle

We've partnered with two of our favorite Colorado brands and we're hooking you up with a KEEPR Cooler by ROVR, a MODL Bottle with GO MOD, and a CO Patch Hat! You're set for your next adventure :)

 

19 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Madagascar Adventure

We've partnered with SEED Madagascar to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madagascar! 

Planned for between 2022-23, we're taking a select group on a ~10 day guided trip through one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. This reward includes all trip planning and travel booking + lodging for ~10 days. We'll explore lush jungles and Malagasy culture along with linking up with our partners at SEED to learn about the island's climate related challenges and opportunities. Also - lemurs

Dates for the trip will depend heavily on COVID related travel restrictions and the availability of group members. We'll follow up with more details after the campaign and start coordinating among those that want to come on this epic adventure. 

*Flights not included

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
80.00 USD
The Perfect Vermont Getaway

Who else hates to plan a trip? Let us send you an itinerary for your perfect Vermont getaway weekend based on insider knowledge of all the best spots. We'll let you know where to stay, eat, shop, and adventure... all from a locals perspective! 

19 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
650.00 USD
Custom Patches (200!)
Create custom stick-on & machine washable patches and give people a way to represent your brand’s image on their sleeve, or laptop, or wallet, or anything really…

Each patch comes affixed to a backing card with instructions + messaging on the patch’s impact. Learn more

Great for events, company swag, and branded gifts!

Usually an $800 value (save $150).

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
30.00 USD
3-pack of patches

Pick your three favorite patches! Either choose from our current selection or wait until more recycled thread patches are released.

7 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
One of EVERYTHING

Can't choose? We've got you!

  • New recycled thread patch
  • Swag Bundle
  • MODL Bottle
  • KEEPR (by ROVR)
  • Vermont Itinerary
  • Custom Patches
3 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward